MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council approved temporary appropriations Thursday night that will allow the city to function for the next two months. The measure relies on city administration and department heads to continue to operate on 2009 budget levels.
The interim appropriations are over $10 million, but a 29 percent reduction from 2012, said Terry Scott, city auditor.
“I won’t say we have financial devastation,” Scott said. “Department heads have done an admirable job at keeping expenditures in line with revenue.”
Scott said general fund reductions in local government funds, CAT tax and the phase out of Ohio estate tax will result in nearly $750,000 in revenue loss for 2013.
“There are no mechanisms in place to replace those funds except to be more efficient with spending,” Scott said.
First Ward Councilman Sam Barone asked how department heads were able to stay within budget and cover the 1 1/2 percent raises approved in union negotiations.
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